These primitive statesmen, therefore -- Bradstreet
, Endicott, Dudley, Bellingham, and their compeers -- who were elevated to power by the early choice of the people, seem to have been not often brilliant, but distinguished by a ponderous sobriety, rather than activity of intellect.
His predecessor under the old charter, Bradstreet, a venerable companion of the first settlers, was known to be in town.
While this cry was at the loudest, the people were surprised by the well-known figure of Governor Bradstreet himself, a patriarch of nearly ninety, who appeared on the elevated steps of a door, and, with characteristic mildness, besought them to submit to the constituted authorities.
Some reported that, when the troops had gone from King Street, and the people were thronging tumultuously in their rear, Bradstreet, the aged Governor, was seen to embrace a form more aged than his own.
Old Simon Bradstreet, who had been governor when King James took away the charter, was called by the people to govern them again.
Governor Bradstreet was a venerable old man, nearly ninety years of age," said Grandfather.
And now, Laurence,--now, Clara,--now, Charley,--now, my dear little Alice,--what chair do you think had been placed in the council chamber, for old Governor Bradstreet to take his seat in?
Old Simon Bradstreet was the sole representative of that departed brotherhood.
It was occupied by Governor Bradstreet from April, 1689, until May, 1692.
Inspector Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities.
The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to post a letter unobserved.
The papers spoke well of him, Bradstreet
spoke well of him, and he spoke well of himself.